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Ironman North Carolina race recap.. part 1

It came in like a Hurricane, literally. Hurricane Matthew hit the east coast of the United States about two weeks before Ironman North Carolina, actually it hit my Wedding Day, October 8th! North Carolina saw a lot of devastation and even some death.

As I drove down to Wilmington, we used Waze, we drove through some more of the middle of the state and we saw the devastation to these small towns, still under water 2 weeks later. It made receiving the dreadful email a little bit easier to digest. These towns had bridges out, roads flooded and washed away, and home and business still under water – 2 week later!

We arrived in Wilmington Thursday around 4:45pm! Just enough time to get into the check in line and pick up my packet, bib, and fancy Ironman bag. I checked out the expo and bought myself a t-shirt with my name on it! We then went and got dinner with my bestie who happens to work at PPD. We found some good pizza place, the husband and bestie shared a pizza while I had a whole calzone to myself and of course some pumpkin beer! We went back to the besties house who lived about 45 minutes away and I began to prepare the “bags”. The bags included a T1 Bag, T2 Bag and a run special needs. Typically you would get a bike special needs but since it was a shorten course they cut that out. There was also a morning special needs bag which I opted from using since the Husband was there to take all of my stuff. I layed all of my stuff on each of my bags, ensuring that I could double and triple check for everything that I could possibly need. I also duck tapped my bags orange to easily spot while running through transitions. We went to bed kinda early to ensure that I could get up and get those bags to the correct spots for the next day!

So Friday the eve of the Big Day comes and we wake up, have some coffee and load everything into the car for the race (Bike & Bags) and head back to Wilmington. First stop, T1 to drop the bike and bike bag off! My bike ends up being near the bike out portion of T1, I see the changing tents, and drop the bag off. I should have previewed the changing these to get a better idea. We then head to the Convention Center where the expo and T2 can be found.  At the expo we wander around to find some Honey Singer Pomegranate Passion Fruit Chews because I underestimated how many calories I needed to intake. We found them, so I was a happy almost ironman to  be, my husband then found BASE salt and made a sign that they would late put in the ground for the run course!

We then head over to T2, drop off the run bag, and are checking out the logistics of the whole thing. There is gravel from the bike in, and are we really going to be coming into T2 downhill?! We move along to the PPD Heros event that my bestie got us into. We watched an awe inspiring film on what PPD does exactly and how it helps our community and people. Then we got to hear from some of the PPD Heros! SO AMAZING, INSPIRING and certainly tear jerking! If you ever have the opportunity to hear or talk to any of the PPD Hero’s, I encourage you all to. They are amazing! After the event the bestie takes us up to her office and shows us a birds eye view of T2 and we talk grocery list for tonight’s early dinner. We leave the bestie at work to finish her day.

The Husband and I, of course find the local bike shop and check it out. The manager of the Bike Cycles was competing in the IM and had bought his employees some of the cool IMNC shirts! We leave there and head to the grocery store for pasta, chicken, veggies, coffee, coffee creamer, peanut butter  and some snacks for the husband. We leave there and head to the besties house only to find ourselves locked out. Of course I was upset, because I had planned everything out and everything was going smoothly, I needed to decide if I was going to wear a bathing suit or tri kit Saturday, eat dinner, and go to bed early, and being locked out was not in the plan. We decided to take a walk on the beach and get a donut at Dunkin Donuts to pass the time. She got to the house about 45 minutes later and everything was okay. After that everything went smoothly, a quick dinner, lots of water, and off to sleep I was. I woke up a few hours into my sleeping as my friends from NOVA had arrived to come cheer me on for Saturday.

Part 2 coming shortly! 🙂

 

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Okay okay, I’ve taken a bit of a hiatus, and first off I apologize. Please forgive me my dear readers. Working a full time job and like 2-3 pt jobs, and trying to stay motivated in the cold months to exercise can really be difficult!

A lot of awesome things have been going on here at the beach. First off, the man moved in with me. I could not be more excited about the transition, and of course the pup loves him. Secondly, I’ve started my own sole proprietorship so that has kept me very busy gaining clients and getting business going.

And what you’ve actually clicked on my page for to hear the CRAZY, exciting, emotional news… I signed up for a full ironman distance triathlon! 140.6!! I’m excited, nervous, and everything in between. And oh yeah, the bike envy set in about 2 hours after I registered!

My 140.6 is on October 17, 2015! I have about 10 months to train for this, and kick it’s butt! I am going to need all the motivation to get through the winter months, and hours spent training. OMG! I’m doing a full ironman! 😀

Here are the details:

PPD Beach to Battleship is THE EVENT!

October 17, 2015 is the WHERE!

309 days till I tri the hardest challenge that I’ve ever paid for! haha
My goals:

1st and foremost, save up and purchase a TRI BIKE immediately!

2nd Finish the 140.6 and enjoy the journey

3rd, if I can finish do so in 12-14 hours!

Okay, i’ll be back on here much more, swear, I have to keep myself accountable for the 140.6!

Wish me luck! Give me advice on a Tri bike, I currently only have a GT Road Bike. And any training advice, I’m still without a training plan….. 😦

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My very first marathon, done! Wait, what, I waited all this time to do that, and it’s done. Okay, time to sign up for another!

Here’s how it went down… Friday night, I went to the Expo, you can read about it here.

Saturday I spent all day watching the boyfriend do a bicycle race, or crit for those of you who know the lingo. I volunteered at the checkin table after he was done racing. Once I got home, I cooked myself some tortellini with some pasta sauce, nothing to crazy. I assembled my race bag, including all the extra clothes because down here in Virginia Beach you never know what type of weather you are going to get. Layed out everything I would wear and I went to bed around 8pm.

Sunday morning! The day I’ve been waiting my entire life for..it was finally here. I was sure I was not going to allow the clock to win this one. I was not going to be late to the start line by over sleeping or getting held up in traffic. Sooo I ensured the boyfriend that we needed to leave the house around 7am, that the race was at 8:30am. I had two banana english muffins with pumpkin butter on them, my normal cup of coffee, and we left the house.

Brandon would bike this event, and meet me at certain mile markers which we had mapped out throughout the entire race. I was ready with my iPod and iPhone, and everything else that I could think of. We arrived at the oceanfront at 7:30am, with plenty of time to spare. It was really windy and staying warm was a difficult task. I found myself in the atrium of a hotel near the start line until the last 15-20 minutes before the race began. I had a plan of what I was going to do throughout the race, and was sure that my music would last the entire 8 hours that I would take to complete my first marathon… untrained. The race started promptly at 8:30, the first two waves would go and then myself.

The first 3 miles would fly by, and I was amazed how quickly I warmed up. I took my hat, gloves off immediately, and put them in my jacket for safe keepings.  Between  miles 4-5 I would meet three amazing women, named Diane, Maggie, and Diane. They were my saving grace. I turned down my music on my ipod, took of my jacket, and we became quickly acquainted as we jogged through the forts for the race. Through the first fort there were hundreds of military out in their gear cheering us on, high fives, and lots of encouragement. We were out, of there and back on the road to head up the bridge again, this time I was not looking forward to the bridge, I wanted to roll down it… I wanted to swim through the water instead of climb that bridge. I surely did not train for this at all.

Once we were over the bridge, it was smooth sailing. I ran my first half marathon in a personal record time of 2:11! I had no idea at the time of course, I was listening to my body, my watch every 45ish minutes to consume another gel, and carrying on a conversation with my new friends from PA.  Around mile 15 Maggie, and Diane left us, and the other Diane stuck around with me which I will be forever grateful for. Through out the race, Brandon would find me and offer his water bottle that wasn’t Gatorade or water but instead something much better, electrolytes. Between mile 16-18, after I had realized this is the furthest I have ever run in my entire being, my left leg muscles began to cramp.  A slow walk, then a run, and a walk followed by stretching would continue on for about a solid mile. Was this the wall they were speaking of?! Because it surely hurt like I ran into a wall! This part of the race was beautiful, it was down Shore Drive in between tall trees which would shelter us from the harsh winds.

We would turn off of this road and turn into Fort Story where I would really hit the wall. I became cold, tired, upset, and had to mentally talk myself back into the race… numerous times. This part of the race was the hardest, it was cold, extremely windy since we are only hundreds of feet off of the beach, and it was quiet. There was no raving fans, no crowds, no houses, no one on bikes, just me the marathon, and other people around me fighting the same conditions, oh and the two water stops. I finally made it out of fort story, and was so ready to be done. I could actually picture myself finishing this race now. It was more of a possibility now after I suffered through that portion than it was the first 16 miles! Brandon was waiting for me as we exited the fort, and he took some awful pictures.

We were at mile 22 something. I knew I could run 4 miles… I run that easily around my neighborhood weekly! This is something I had to prep myself for. I was still fighting the cramps in my left leg, but I wanted more than ever to finish! As Diane and I would wind down the street headed back to the oceanfront, the crowds grew larger, and the spirits were high. For the first time in the day I looked at my watch and knew that I could actually achieve my goal of running a 5 hour marathon. One of the worst/best things about running in the town you know, you know the landmarks, and exactly how far it is until you are done. We finally hit the boardwalk, and I could see King Neptune in the distance, but for the first time in forever, I could not sprint to the finish line, and even though I just ran 26 miles…. that point two was killing me. I finally made it. I made it to the finish line and I saw Brandon running around on the side which just elated my spirits! Diane and I high-fived as we crossed the finish lined exhausted. We got out medals, banana’s, water, pretzels ( I was most happy about the salt here), and our finisher hat’s and beach towel’s…  and we were able to get a picture together before we headed out of the finisher shoot.

As I exited the finish line, Brandon and his parents were there. And I couldn’t be happier to have all of them there for the support and love. The first thing I did was take my shoes off, my feet were swollen and hot! (My feet swell, so I run with locklaces so that I can loosen my shoes throughout the race without taking much time.) The next thing to happen was to put my finisher’s hat on, and take a picture with Brandon.  Oh boy, I wish someone had told me my hat was messed up looking. There were plenty of pictures taken, and my legs were in extreme pain at this time. The finish line party was on the beach, and walking down the steps and through the sand took a while…

Beach to Battleship 140.6

Beach to Battleship 140.6October 17th, 2015
Time to take on the biggest physical and mental challenge !

Mileage 2015

Running 2015
(does not include treadmill)

Miles this Month: 12
Miles this Year: 88.5

Cycling

Miles this Month: 120
Miles this Year: 381.2

Swimming

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